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sensor

[sen-sawr, -ser] /ˈsɛn sɔr, -sər/
noun
1.
a mechanical device sensitive to light, temperature, radiation level, or the like, that transmits a signal to a measuring or control instrument.
2.
Origin of sensor
1925-1930
1925-30; sense + -or2
Can be confused
censer, censor, censure, sensor.
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  • sensor technologies are grouped into four areas: active, passive, imbedded, and processing.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • The 2d we lodged at a sensor called Assambine, eleven miles, where were only a few poor cottages.

  • Id have rote you sooner only the sensor wont let me tell where I am an I couldnt think of nothin else to say.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • When you shot down that sensor, the starship did not retaliate, but went on without taking any notice of you.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • Then the CAD people added an algorithm that would take the sensor data and generate random variations on the same basis.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for sensor

sensor

/ˈsɛnsə/
noun
1.
anything, such as a photoelectric cell, that receives a signal or stimulus and responds to it
Word Origin
C19: from Latin sēnsus perceived, from sentīre to observe
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Word Origin and History for sensor
n.

1947, from an adjective (1865), a shortened form of sensory (q.v.).

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sensor in Medicine

sensor sen·sor (sěn'sər, -sôr')
n.

  1. A device, such as a photoelectric cell, that receives and responds to a signal or stimulus.

  2. See sense organ.

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sensor in Technology

hardware
An electronic device used to measure a physical quantity such as temperature, pressure or loudness and convert it into an electronic signal of some kind (e.g a voltage). Sensors are normally components of some larger electronic system such as a computer control and/or measurement system.
Analog sensors most often produce a voltage proportional to the measured quantity. The signal must be converted to digital form with a ADC before the CPU can process it.
Digital sensors most often use serial communication such as EIA-232 to return information directly to the controller or computer through a serial port.
(1997-04-15)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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